More than 800 boxers ages 14 to 40 are expected to participate in the first combined USA Boxing Elite and Youth National Championships and Junior Open in Kansas City.
One of them will be Kansas City’s Cam F. Awesome, a four-time USA Boxing national champion and two time Olympic Trials champ.
“It would be awesome to win a national championship in my own back yard,” he said Tuesday.
The event Dec. 4-10 will take place at the KCI Expo Center. The elite, junior and youth championships have produced some of the sport’s greatest athletes.
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The elite and youth competitions will crown champions in 10 different male and female divisions. There are 13 divisions for junior males and females.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields began her career in the junior program.
“Boxing to everyone is what you see in Vegas on Saturday nights with the Mayweathers and the Tysons, but where all those boxers began was with USA Boxing,” Awesome said.
There will be no admission charge until the championship rounds on Dec. 10.